What is a typical royalty for licensing a character design?
I drew a silly cartoon character and some side characters to go with it. A company saw it and loved it and they now want to use it to put on some of the merchandise they sell. What do I do??
Is it that I’m paid for my time to draw the cartoons for each product, and if so, how much do I charge for my time?
And do I charge a royalty percentage to let them use the character, and if so, how much and for how long?
Do I need to copyright them, and if so, does it matter that they’ve already seen the cartoon and it hasn’t been copyrighted yet?
Suggestion by bcnu
They’re not paying you for your TIME, they’re paying you for your talent and creativity. If you were a commercial artist cranking out the same characters all day every day (e.g., animating a film by hand), then you might be paid by the hour, but not for any independent creations. You can easily search for similar types of things and find out how much they cost. You are only LICENSING them, not selling them the copyrights to anything.
If you’re in the USA (or any of the other 160 countries of the Bern Union) then your copyright was free and automatic the instant you created your first draft of your original creative works of authorship. You can optionally include a proper copyright notice (see bottom of any Yahoo page for an example), to remind people that you are the owner of those rights. You may also optionally register your ownership in the US Copyright Office (for a $ 35 fee online), which gives you a nifty government certificate, puts your information into the public database of authors and also gives you enhanced statutory rights.
There are websites that have calculators for you to determine the “cost basis” of your works, based upon how much it cost you to get to the point where you could create that work… I saw one a couple of weeks ago, aimed at estimating reasonable royalties for photographs, linked from a Y!Answers answer.
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How to keep a training log for running?
I recently started running for weight loss and I love it! I want to keep track of my progress but I don’t know the format to write it in. Any ideas?
Suggestion by groch
Use one of the online tools for tracking. Running free (link below) is free and has all of the features you’d want. If you want something to install on your computer instead, try SportTracks (PC) or Ascent (Mac).
If you’re mostly interested in keeping track of weight, try myfitnesspal.com, which also has daily calorie intake calculators. It can also track exercise for you.
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Hi.If you can,I would recommend getting a GPS watch like the 305 Forerunner watch. The watch actually tracks your miles as your running, along with time it took you to complete that many miles, current speed going and also calories burned. You can then choose to upload your routes to your computer.
Otherwise go to the web site called walkjogrun.net. You can actually just create a free account on there. Creates/Mark your route and save it.
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